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Memorial Ceremony: 1 p.m. Thursday, January 25, 2024, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home
Interment: Floral Garden of Memories Cemetery
Visitation: 12 noon until 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home
Iven M. “Bud” Bassett, age 80, formerly of Clay City, Illinois, passed away on the afternoon of January 19, 2024, at Flora Rehabilitation and Health Care Center. Born on November 21, 1943, in Olney, he was the son of Michael N. and Mabel Rose (Burgin) Bassett. Bud served in the Illinois Army National Guard, where his role was as a cook. He was united in marriage to Nancy Elaine Bassett on December 16, 1972. Marking their 50th wedding anniversary just days before Nancy's passing on December 26, 2022, became a truly golden memory for their family.
Bud and Nancy were longtime members of Flora First Christian Church. They were active in the Beau Knot Sunday School class, and Bud was a familiar face behind the wheel of the bus ministry, helping provide reliable transportation to services. He spent many years as a truck driver, working for Robert Jones Trucking among other companies. He probably never met a stranger and enjoyed striking up a conversation with just about anyone he met. A regular at Grandma’s Kitchen for his morning coffee, Bud also loved spending time outdoors, especially tending to his garden, and in earlier years he relished rabbit hunting. He and Nancy enjoyed taking numerous trips to Branson. He deeply valued his family and was often right alongside Nancy at the various activities and sporting events of their great-grandkids when they were able.
He is survived by his daughter: Kimberly (Bryan G.) Bullard of Rinard; 4 grandchildren: Jayson Bassett, Jena Bassett, Jonathan (Lisa) Bullard, and Jennifer (Roger) Collins; 9 great-grandchildren: Rase, Ryder (Taylor), Rowdy, Ava Beth, Rylan, Reagan, Nadia, Stacie, and Kylie; great-great-granddaughter: Evelynn Elayne; sister: Ruth Lynn of Clay City; brother-in-law: Robert M. Eastin of Flora; sister-in-law: Carol Coleman of Jackson, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in passing by his parents; son: Jay M. Bassett; daughter: Deborah Klein and her husband William E. Klein Jr.; granddaughter: Jessika Klein Billingsley; brother: David Lee Bassett; 2 brothers-in-law: Russell D. Eastin and his wife Wanda, and Norman “Topper” Eastin; 2 sisters-in-law: Delores A. Slover and Lee Ann Eastin; and brother-in-law: Hugh Lynn.
A memorial ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. Thursday, January 25, 2024, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora with Tre Schlief officiating. Interment will follow at Floral Garden of Memories Cemetery. Visitation will be from 12 noon until 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial donations are suggested to Oil Belt Christian Service Camp and will be accepted through the funeral home. To share a condolence or memory, visit: www.frankandbright.com
Both of them will be missed. Nancy was my Sunday school teacher when I was younger but no matter what Bud always had a smile on his face.
I'm so sorry. He was a genuinely nice man. I loved running into him when I came home. I knew I would get a smile! Praying for comfort for the whole family.
So sorry to hear of Buds passing he was a good fellow and neighbor for years Our deepest condolences
I enjoyed working with Bud at Nutrien. He Saw the good in each day and was always playing jokes on our coworkers. Im thankful to have known him!
Uncle Bud was such a faithful uncle to me, and I was always so grateful for his love and kindness. Even though years would separate us as life moved on he would faithfully write to me, and we would exchange correspondence. I’ve kept every one of his letters as they have meant so much to me, even though the distance through the years made it hard I always enjoyed our phone conversations and the times that we did get to visit. He was thoughtful and showed such love to my husband and to my children when we visited when they were young. I loved him. I am thankful he is no longer suffering, but he will be so missed by me and many many others
Bud and Nancy were such wonderful Christians, they both are greatly missed.
Thoughts and prayers to you all. He'll be missed by many of us.
My condolences to all of Buds' families. I was sorry to hear of his passing. Bud was one of the kindest and friendliest people I have ever known. I used to drink coffee at Grandma's too, and I would often find Bud and Nancy there. Now they are back together where they belong, and probably having coffee in their corner of heaven with all their family that went before them. Fly high, Bud.
Bud saw the good in everyone . He loved a good laugh . Always a pleasure to be around him . One of a kind .
My condolences to the family 🙏
Bud was truly one of the most upstanding and nicest guys around. Everyone who knew him loved him and he never knew a stranger. He was hardworking and loyal and always went above and beyond to help others. Bud brought a lot of good memories to our family and will truly be missed.
Sympathy to all of the family. I always enjoyed visiting with him and Nancy.